With fall in the air and the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden's vegetable patch overflowing with fresh produce, the Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., promises something to celebrate for everyone.
Toe-tapping live music, children's crafts, a sunflower contest and a plant sale are among the many activities available at the garden at 5941 Mason Rd. in Sechelt. Vegetable tasting, a bake sale, the Rotary's great food, fall perennials and spring bulbs for sale, used books and a chance to view the sun through the Royal Astronomical Society's special telescope are a few more things to please every member of the family.
A master gardener will be on hand to answer gardening questions, and it's a perfect chance to show your children or grandchildren how vegetables grow. Organic garlic bulbs grown in the Botanical Garden will be on sale with good advice on how and when to plant and harvest them. The Sechelt Garden Club will have potting demonstrations, the preschool gardeners will show off their program, and the seniors group will be serving roasted corn on the cob and making scarecrows. Live music will be provided by Katie and the Cornpones, Arbutus Sounds Choir, the Coast String Fiddlers and the Knotty Dotters.
Admission is by donation, with a suggested price of $5 per person or $20 for the entire family. Drive to the north gate of the Botanical Garden for the parking lot and admission. Handicapped drop-off is at the middle gate. Car-pooling is recommended, and there's a bus stop nearby.
The Botanical Garden has changed a lot since last year, so you'll enjoy a tour of the garden too. For more information, visit www.coastbotanicalgarden.org.